After repeatedly denying that mass rapes occurred during violent political riots last May, the Indonesian government has finally acknowledged some of the rapes of ethnic Chinese there, but continues to deny that "mass and systematic" rapes occurred.
1,200 people were killed and 168 ethnic Chinese women alleged that they were raped during the riots, which began with the killing of student political protestors by the military and led to wide-spread looting and ethnic violence.
Last month, a government-convened panel of experts released a report, finding evidence that 66 women were raped. The government argued that this estimate was too high, and claimed that only 52 women were raped, that 24 were "sexually mistreated" and that another four were harassed. State Secretariat Minister Akbar announced that the Indonesian government will provide a counseling program for the rape victims and will grant financial compensation for "material loss" during the riots.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .